Bouldering semi-finals and Paraclimbing finals were set today in the massive Kletterzentrum Innsbruck, the venue for qualification rounds of IFSC World Championships 2018.
Over a dozen elite European athletes advanced to Bouldering semi-finals, including Lead world champion Jakob Schubert (AUT), 2018 IFSC Bouldering World Cup season champion Jernej Kruder (SLO) and 2016 runner-up Adam Ondra (CZE). 5 Japanese athletes will join them on Saturday, led by reigning Bouldering world champion Tomoa Narasaki. Lead bronze medalist Alexander Megos (GER) just missed the semi-finals cut by top attempts.
As the sun set over the surrounding mountains, the second round of Paraclimbing qualifications took place in Innsbruck. Paraclimbing Cup winners this season Matthew Phillips and Abigail Robinson of Great Britain stood out as the only athletes to top both their qualification routes. Also a Paraclimbing winner this season, Thierry Delarue (FRA) continued to excel in his first IFSC season by leading the men's leg amputee category. Justin Salas (USA) also qualified for Paraclimbing finals tomorrow in first place, and reigning world champion Koichiro Kobayashi (JPN) and Francisco Javier Aguilar Amoedo (ESP) will be there too.
The results, schedule, replay of the men's Bouldering qualification and Day 7 highlights can be found on the Innsbruck event pages for Climbing and Paraclimbing. The next medals will be decided in Paraclimbing and Speed climbing tomorrow at the Olympiaworld Innsbruck arena. Tune-in for the live streaming at ifsc-climbing.org, and American viewers can watch the Speed finals here.